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A Problem with Alston's Indirect Analogy-Argument from Religious Experience
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
2006 (English)In: Religious studies (Print), ISSN 0034-4125, E-ISSN 1469-901X, Vol. 42, 329-341 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, William Alston's arguemnt from religious experience in Perceiving God is characterized and assessed as an indirect analogy-argument. Such arguments, I propose,, should establish two similarities between sense perception (sp) and religious experience (cmp): a structural and a functional. I argue that Alston neglects functional similarity, and that sp and cmp actually perform different functions within the practices they belong to. Alston's argument is therefore significantly weaker than generally assumed. Finally, I argue that regardless of whether an increased emphasis on fruits could strengthen indirect analogy-arguments or not, this is not a strategy available to Alston as long as he retains his commitments to religious exclusivism and a religious metaphysical realism.

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2006. Vol. 42, 329-341 p.
Keyword [en]
Alston religious experience analogy-arguments
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Religious Studies
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Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-153309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-153309DiVA: diva2:416013
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